one, despite all his incredible political skills, he would not have one the election if it were not for inflation, if it were not for gas lines, if it were not for the iranian hostage crisis, if it were not for afghanistan, if it were not for the entire linney of carter's administration failures -- entire litany of carter administration failures. when you are as far down as republicans were in the 1970's and as far down as they are today, you need the other side to fumble, and for its vision to be discredited. at the moment, barack obama has the ball, and he will have the ball until he commits some sort of turnover. there will have to be some patients here, as governor daniels' pointed out. although reagan was an ideologue in the best sense of the word, he had a few key ideas that undergird it his view of the world.